Upper School Blog, Week of 4/28


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:


Special Guest Visits Mrs. Keyes’ Class

Mrs. Keyes’ Geometry classes had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Bill Newsom on Wednesday, April 13th.  Mr. Newsom shared his expertise on how he uses math in his everyday life and in the work place.  He works for a technology developer and manufacturer that uses math and science to design and manufacture state of the art technologies that help our society.  The goal was to inspire students to think about different career paths, affirm the purpose of their hard work in the classroom and remind them to continue to strive for success.  It was truly a blessing to hear Mr. Newsom’s perspective on what happens in the real world work place.  Thank you, Mr. Newsom!


Senior Theatre Showcase

Friday, April 29 at 7:00pm

TFA’s Black Box Theatre

Please join us for the Senior Showcase featuring our 16 senior thespian students. Students are performing monologues or songs of their choosing. No tickets required.

Library Announcement

All library books are due back to the library by Friday, May 20th.  Thank you for your consideration.


Meet the Artists of The First Academy’s
Spring Visual Art Exhibit 2016
On Friday, April 29th
In the TFA Library

Ceramics I, II, III, IV, Exhibit is open
This Wednesday through May 2nd
In the TFA Media Center
during Media Center hours

Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Gegerson’s students are learning to host and develop a community exhibit, fulfilling several key points from the Florida State Sunshine Standards of curriculum for Visual Art. They exercised critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve aesthetic spacial relationships to provide an attractive public display for visitors. Visual artists are the ‘silent performers’ who receive their ‘applause’ through a viewers’ time spent looking at their piece.

Mrs. Collins’ Ceramics 1 students will be drinking their Lemonade from their own homemade Ceramic mugs! They learned how to make these mugs food safe by using special glazes and processes.

For more information, please contact:  (407) 206-8774 Or (407) 206-8741

Alternative Lunch – May 3-6

The First Academy will have alternative lunches Tuesday, May 3 through Friday, May 6. The Junior Class is offering an alternative lunch for faculty, staff, and students in Grades 5-12 to purchase those days. The options for the lunches are:

Tuesday, May 3

Papa John’s Pizza

Two slices of cheese or pepperoni & water for $5.00

One extra slice for $2.00

Wednesday, May 4

Panda Express – $5.50 – includes meat/side & water

Meat options – Orange Chicken, Broccoli with Beef or Teriyaki Chicken

Side options – white rice, fried rice, low mein, vegetables

Thursday, May 5

Jason’s Deli – $5.50 – includes sandwich, chips & water

Meat options – ham or turkey

Bread options – croissant or telera bun

Friday, May 6

Chick-fil-A – $5.50 – includes sandwich, chips & water

Sandwich options – CFA sandwich, spicy CFA sandwich, or chicken salad sandwich

Extra CFA or spicy CFA sandwich for $3.50

To order, please visit Please submit your order by Monday, May 2 by 9:00am.

Once your order has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and an email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food will be distributed in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium lobby.

If students are not interested in these options, they are welcome to bring something from home.


AP Exam Reminders – May 2016

With your AP Exams starting next week, please be sure to plan accordingly!

Plastic Bottle Cap Collection

bottle caps mural up close mural

Our Upper School AP Environmental Science students have been invited by Sea Life Aquarium (at Orlando 360 on I-Drive) to construct a small mural made of bottle caps that will be displayed by their education department. Sea Life Aquarium is actively involved in turtle rescue and beach clean-up efforts so this a great joint effort. Thousands of sea birds, turtles and other marine organisms die because they swallow bottle caps and other pieces of plastic that clog their digestive system and leach toxins into their bodies, so we are excited about having the student body join in this educational effort by contributing caps to our collection.

In order to create this mural (see attached picture), the AP Environmental Science students NEED HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS OF EVERY COLOR no more than 2″ across. Please make sure the lids are clean of all food particles.

These plastic lids can include those from all types of beverage containers (including the paper containers with plastic spouts), condiment lids (ketchup, squeeze mayo etc), flimsy caps from spray cans such as PAM or hairspray, lotion caps, pull up liquid detergent style caps, oval stick deodorant lids, and even spray nozzles (the small ones like spray paint). We especially need blues, greens, reds, yellows and oranges, but all the other colors will allow us more variety in our coral reef. If it is a cap that is around 2 inches, it has to be flimsy enough so we can cut it (laundry caps are too thick to do this).

All lids can dropped off in Mrs. Wasylik’s classroom, US room 231, by Friday, May 6.

Thanks for your help!

-Mrs. Wasylik and the AP Environmental Science students

Save the Date – End of Year Events

Rising Senior Parent Meeting (at least one parent is required to attend) – Saturday, May 14, 9:00am – Student Center

Senior Step Up – Monday, May 16, 7:00am – Faith Hall Parking Lot

Graduation Ceremony – Friday, May 20, 6:45pm – First Baptist Orlando Worship Center

Guidance Updates

Class of 2017- Prep, Prep, Prep!

As the Junior year comes to a close, it is very important that all of you are planning on (re)taking the SAT & ACT.  There are a few more test dates coming up and it will benefit you to take the time in preparation for these important tests.  Please take advantage of these great programs!

SAT: Personalized free study program-   ​

ACT: Free study guide: